For a small project I'm working on, I am trying to decide the best route to take for the power connection to the device. It will be running on 5V and, in its current iteration, draws less than 100mA so it would be viable to power it off of USB.
The project will be a kit that needs to be assembled so I need to stick with through-hole parts that could be soldered by a relative novice. The usual go-to power connector for these projects seems to be the 2.1mm barrel connector but I really don't like those for a lot of reasons. Partly because it takes up a lot of board space (and my board will have little to spare) but mainly because that means I would also have to provide barrel connector wall adapters with the kit. This adds extra cost and parts I have to handle.
A microUSB connection would be fantastic since almost everyone has at least a few of those cables around and you could power it from a wall adapter or directly from a computer. However, I have yet to find any microUSB female sockets that are in any way easy to solder.
I've found things like this USB to 2.1mm barrel cable, but that seems like a cop-out.
Any other options that I'm missing?